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2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost (photos)

As the premier luxury brand on the planet, Rolls-Royce maintain a small model lineup. However, it just added the Ghost, a $240,000 car designed as an everyday driver.

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When BMW took over Rolls-Royce, it began revamping the automakers model lineup. In 2007, it released the Phantom, followed by the Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Ghost is the most recent model added to its lineup, a down-sized car designed to be an everyday driver.
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Under BMW's stewardship, Rolls-Royce has refocused on engineering. The Ghost gets a twin-turbo-direct injection-6.6-liter V-12 engine under the hood. This engine uses a BMW block and a Rolls-Royce top-end, giving it 575 pound-feet of torque.
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In length and height a foot and a half shorter than the Phantom, the Ghost maintains a cabin almost as large.
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An adaptive air suspension delivers a fine ride, changing its rigidity depending on the type of driving.
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Like the Phantom, the rear-hinged back doors make a protected walkway with the front doors out of the car. The doors open wide for easy access.
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While the Ghost would work as a chauffeur-driven car, the experience behind the wheel lacks nothing of the rear seat feel, making it a fine car to drive.
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In general, Rolls-Royce keeps the dashboard simple. It keeps the numbe of buttons minimal and clearly labeled.
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The four buttons under the headlight switch, to the left of the steering wheel, control various driver aids such as lane departure warning, night vision, and the head-up display.
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The analog clock, to the right of the center LCD, shows the same style as the gauges, with a raised white dial.
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The Ghost offers the same cabin tech functions as BMW's top models, but with a redesigned interface. We find it more aesthetically pleasing and intuitive than BMW's interface design.
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Although we've seen these rich, topographical maps in BMWs, they don't seem out of place in the Ghost.
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The around-view parking monitor shows obstacles to either side of the car.

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